The United States and Soviet Union vs… aliens?

In what sounds more like a clash of alternative history and science fiction than reality, an interview several years ago with former Secretary of State George Shultz revealed that President Reagan of the United States and General Secretary Gorbachev of the USSR agreed to put aside their differences in the event of an extraterrestrial alien invasion.

From Smithsonian:

At one point during the 1985 Geneva Summit, President Ronald Reagan and Soviet Premier Mikhail Gorbachev took a break from negotiations to take a walk. Only their private interpreters were present and for years, the details of what they talked about were kept secret from both the Russian and American public. But during a 2009 interview with Charlie Rose and Reagan’s Secretary of State George Shultz, Gorbachev revealed that Reagan asked him point-blank if they could set aside their differences in case the world was invaded by aliens.

Click above for the rest of the article, including the interview itself.

To quote Will Smith from Independence Day, “Now that’s what I call a close encounter.” Perhaps Hollywood should pick this story up for their next summer blockbuster.

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